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The exposure of children to violence at school is a major concern for educators everywhere and a frequent topic of discussion in the media. Written by experts in research, practice, and training in the field, this timely text proposes a whole-school approach to reduce the impact of violence on children's development. The authors take into account: Personal characteristics of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders A school’s culture The quality of a school’s learning environment Links between the school and the communityThe whole school approach includes a wide range of formal and informal initiatives to improve the quality of life at school. Managing Violence in Schools covers preventive methods and provisions for students' individual needs. Readers will also find strategies for strengthening school culture, such as peer support, cooperative group work, and restorative practice. This resource also provides guidance for implementing a needs analysis, formulating a cycle of change for handling bullying and violence, and creating a shared understanding of the issue. Each strategy for preventive and integrative practice is illustrated with real-life case studies and relevant experiential exercises.

Conducting a Needs Analysis
Conducting a needs analysis
  • To provide readers with a selection of ideas, tools and resources with which to carry out an effective needs analysis.
  • To enable readers to develop a working group contract.
What Information Will You Require for Your Needs Analysis?

The aim of this chapter is to provide readers with some practical ideas and tools for carrying out a needs analysis in order to gain a full understanding of the issue of bullying and violence in your school prior to implementing an intervention.

The information that you collect during your needs analysis can be drawn from four main sources:

  • documentary evidence relevant to the prevention and reduction of school bullying and violence, such as copies of the School Development Plan, copies of school policies (such ...
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